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Demonstrativeness of using energy rather than mass as the unit of measure for a number of problems in physics, mechanics, and geophysics

A M Obukhov Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Pyzhevskii per. 3, Moscow, 109017, Russian Federation

Changing from the mass-length-time to the energy-length-time system of units is suggested as a means by which a number of problems in physics, mechanics, and geophysics can be more easily and conveniently solved using similarity analysis and dimensional methods. Eight examples are presented, with the derivations of the Stefan-Boltzmann radiation law, total kinetic energy of a hurricane, cosmic ray energy spectrum, etc.

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PACS: 01.55.+b, 06.20.fa, 89.75.Da (all)
DOI: 10.1070/PU2008v051n07ABEH006537
Citation: Golitsyn G S "Demonstrativeness of using energy rather than mass as the unit of measure for a number of problems in physics, mechanics, and geophysics" Phys. Usp. 51 723–725 (2008)
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Оригинал: Голицын Г С «Наглядность для ряда задач выбора энергии в качестве единицы измерения вместо массы» УФН 178 753–755 (2008); DOI: 10.3367/UFNr.0178.200807e.0753

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